Updated on June 4, 2024


Created on August 26, 2016


SurveyCTO is a technology platform that helps the users collect data using mobile phones, tablets, or computers.

Developed By
  1. Dobility Inc
Content Partners


Product Description

SurveyCTO is developed from the Open Data Kit open source platform with a simplified server and user interface. Additionally it offers additional data security and auditing features. Some of the improvements that Survey CTO claims are listed here and include hosting, documentation, and support, in order to increase its reach, usability, and power.

The tool consists of (1)SurveyCTO Server which hosts all survey forms, (2)SurveyCTO Collect which collects data through a mobile data collection app, and (3)SurveyCTO Client. SurveyCTO claims to distinguish itself among the competitors because of its extra security and encryption mechanism, and its random audio audit which randomly records surveys as they are being conducted to ensure high quality data collection.

Target SDGs

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies, NGOs

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

SurveyCTO is a product of Dobility, Inc.

Manufacturing/Building Method

SurveyCTO is based on Open Data Kit (ODK), an open source platform for data collection.

Intellectural Property Type

Select Type

User Provision Model

Users can access the product by signing up on SurveyCTO. SurveyCTO Collect is available on Android.

Distributions to Date Status

Thousands of users in more than 50 countries. SurveyCTO Collect has been downloaded by 5,000 - 10,000 users on Android.

Mobile service required

Mobile internet

Device(s) required

Smartphone, computer

Additional features required


Permanent network connectivity required


Type of applications for data collection

Smartphone app, web based application

Level of mobile data coverage needed

2G and above.

Type of data collected

Text, Numbers, Multimedia, Location, Barcodes

Usage rate (%)


Literacy support


Languages available


Operating system and version

Android. Version non specified.

Power Requirements


Application of mobile data collection

M&E, Household surveys, Academic research survey, Impact evaluation, Market research

Design Specifications

SurveyCTO includes these primary components: - SurveyCTO Server: a central repository for both blank and filled-in survey forms and a website to assist you in designing and managing your surveys. It also provides a universal web interface for users filling out forms online. - SurveyCTO Collect: an Android app that data-collectors use to fill out forms on their Android phones or tablets. After data has been collected, it is uploaded to the SurveyCTO server (or, for more advanced offline set-ups, synchronized over local wi-fi networks). - SurveyCTO Sync: a desktop application that you can use to safely download, transport, export, and process your data. It also handles data decryption – including on cold-room computers for the most sensitive data. SurveyCTO has been integrated with a number of platforms based on the needs of the users, including Google Earth, Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Stata, Salesforce.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Access extensive online help, sample forms, and online Support Center whenever the users need help. Professional subscribers can submit support requests to the support team.

Replacement Components



Version 2.11

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters


Vetted Performance Status




Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

“Because Your Data Is Worth It.” 2018. SurveyCTO. December 3, 2018. https://www.surveycto.com/ 

Robert, Christopher, Charles King, Dobility, and Inc. n.d. “Dobility – Makers of SurveyCTO.” Dobility.Com. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://www.dobility.com/

“Pricing Plans for All Your Needs.” 2024. SurveyCTO. April 10, 2024. https://www.surveycto.com/plans/ 

“Users.” 2018. SurveyCTO. April 27, 2018. https://www.surveycto.com/product/users/

“SurveyCTO.” n.d. Surveycto.Com. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://login.surveycto.com/signup

“SurveyCTO Collect.” n.d. Google.Com. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.surveycto.collect.android&hl=en

“How It Works.” 2018. SurveyCTO. April 27, 2018. https://www.surveycto.com/product/how-it-works/ 

“Integrations.” 2018. SurveyCTO. April 27, 2018. https://www.surveycto.com/product/integrations/

“Features.” 2018. SurveyCTO. April 27, 2018. https://www.surveycto.com/product/features/

“SurveyCTO Release Notes.” 2024. SurveyCTO Documentation. March 27, 2024. https://docs.surveycto.com/release-notes/

“Product.” 2018. SurveyCTO. April 27, 2018. https://www.surveycto.com/product/

Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods

Field tested. The SurveyCTO Collect App is rated 4.2/5 by 24 users on Android.

Other Information

Review made by Kopernik available online.

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